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November 19, 2012

South African poet Breyten Breytenbach to judge Griffin Prize

South African poet Breyten Breytenbach is one of three judges tapped to decide the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize. (Jerry Bauer/Griffin Poetry Prize)

Anti-apartheid activist to team with Canadian Suzanne Buffam and American Mark Doty.

South African writer, painter and human rights activist Breyten Breytenbach has been tapped as one of three judges for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Organizers of the prestigious annual poetry honour announced judges for the upcoming edition on Wednesday.

Celebrated writer Breytenbach established the anti-apartheid group Okhela during his exile in Paris in the 1960s — he was unable to return to his country because he had married a French Vietnamese woman, illegal under South African morality laws. He served a seven-year prison sentence when he returned home in the mid-1970s. The award-winning writer is considered one of South Africa’s finest living poets.

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